The first season of Daredevil brought so much good stuff to the table, it almost became overwhelming at times, as the series was served well by its gritty, dark atmosphere, and expertly choreographed fight scenes. However, none of those elements would have meant a thing if the Netflix series did not also boast a cast of rich, layered characters.
Fans of the show will find themselves pleased to hear that one of season 1’s best — if underused — characters will make a return in Daredevil season 2.
The official Daredevil Twitter account has just released a statement indicating that Stick (Scott Glenn) will make his way back to Hell’s Kitchen at some point during the second season. Accompanying the post is a photo of Stick sitting on a park bench, mentoring a young Matt Murdock, while the bracelet that Daredevil (Charlie Cox) made for Stick as a boy is lying on a table in front of it.
Having Stick return to Hell’s Kitchen makes sense considering just how much Marvel can still milk out of his relationship with Matt. Despite only appearing in one episode of season 1, the series adapted much of Frank Miller’s work with the character, establishing him as Matt’s unconventional surrogate father – the man who taught him everything he knows about embracing and using blindness to his advantage. Although the last encounter between the two ended in violent fashion, the mutual respect they share for one another has seemingly not waned. In Stick’s final appearance, he reported to Stone — presumably of The Chaste — who inquired about whether or not Murdock was ready for coming events.
The use of this specific imagery to announce the return of Stick is telling. It seems to imply that despite the visceral action and brooding atmosphere of the series, his presence will maintain the emotional father-like essence that made his character work so well the first go-round. Season 2, then, could focus on these two men trying to show affection for each other in their own ways, while coming to terms with their ideological differences. Given the imminent arrival of The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) in Hell’s Kitchen, it seems entirely plausible that Stick — a killer himself — will be one of Daredevil’s few allies who agrees with Frank Castle’s methods.
Then again, with everyone focusing on The Punisher’s role in the coming season, very little has been said about how Stick, Stone, and ninjas of The Chaste will factor into the proceedings. Given the moral complexity the series has already displayed, the imagery could be tragically ironic, indicating possible further deterioration of Matt and Stick’s already complicated relationship.
Daredevil season 1 is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones will be made available starting November 20th, 2015, followed by Luke Cage season one and Daredevil season 2 in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders will arrive sometime thereafter.